Car maintenance costs: What's the average annual amount spent?

This data will help in making better-informed decisions on when to buy a new car/replace it with an EV/Keep the car for longer.

BHPian deep_bang recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

This post is about generalising the costs of maintaining a car.

Often, the maintenance costs are forgotten as they are a yearly cost, and other costs such as fuel costs are more on our minds as they are recurring. This post is to discuss what the typical cost of maintenance is for each year so that users can better understand the maintenance costs over the lifetime of the product.

We all know that some cars are more expensive to maintain and some others are less so. Depending on whether you serve it at an FNG or at the authorised dealer, this may further differ. However, please go ahead and put in your costs either way.

It could so happen that one service may be a major one, and there may be minor services that are cheaper. I request that you put in an approximate average cost in such cases.

Some of us may drive more and some less, but I am sort of thinking that most of us would be driving about 15k plus or minus 5k km per year.

But I think these inputs will get averaged out over time and we will get a good view of how much each of us spends on maintenance every year.

This data will help make decisions on when to buy a new car/replace it with an EV/Keep the car for longer and such decisions can be made with better judgement.

Here's what GTO had to say on the matter:

4x4 Jeep = Approximately Rs 20,000 per year

Nissan Sunny = About Rs 15,000 - Rs 20,000 per year

BMW 530d = About Rs 1.5 lakhs per year (averaged)

Skoda Superb = Rs 15,000 per year currently as we have taken the 4-year service pack for Rs 60,000. Will definitely increase from the 5th year (each service will be billable) and even more from the 7th year (when the extended warranty expires).

Here's what BHPian Sanidhya mukund had to say on the matter:

2014 Mercedes C-class Petrol (W204)

The car visits the Merc service centre annually and usually comes home with a bill of 50-70K. This year, a few replacements like engine mounts and tyres were also carried out, so the bill came out to be 1.9 lakhs. Attaching the final amount for the last 3 annual visits:

Expensive? Definitely. But keeping it in good shape with Mercedes genuine parts and the assurance of good workmanship at the dealership does bring in some peace of mind. Especially makes sense for me because I plan to keep this car up to the point it is legal to drive here in Delhi.

One would anyway have to spend a ridiculous amount of money to buy a similar car today. Not even considering what a proper upgrade would cost nowadays.

Here's what BHPian Turbohead had to say on the matter:

Volkswagen Vento TDI 2014 5-MT.

Average maintenance cost in the first 4 years: ₹15,000 (ASC)

Average maintenance cost in the last 4 years: ₹30,000 thanks to part replacements (FNG)



Worth it?

Absolutely! The additional cost of service is meagre when compared to the cost of replacing the vehicle with a worthy upgrade.

Here's what BHPian sunikkat had to say on the matter:

My 6+ years Octavia TDI, an average cost of 15 to 20k per year in regular service, wheel alignment/balance etc. It's a different thing that I keep spending much higher almost every year on upgrades (suspension upgrades, wheels, tyres, brakes etc.), which in most cases were avoidable

Other car: 10 months old i20 - I would expect <15k in initial years.

Not including insurance, fuel etc.

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